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University of La Verne is the 300th library to go live with OCLC’s Tipasa

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The University of La Verne’s Wilson Library is the 300th library to go live with Tipasa as its interlibrary loan management system.

"We are very excited to have migrated to Tipasa!” said Amy Jiang, Associate Professor and Library Technology Coordinator. “Especially since COVID-19 hit, I feel very lucky to have made that decision. Tipasa is a cloud-based solution, so we aren’t impacted by where we work—from our home or the office.”

The Wilson Library supports the more than 8,000 students that attend the University of La Verne, which is a private not-for-profit university located in La Verne, California, US, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. Founded in 1891, the university offers 55 undergraduate programs, 19 master’s degrees, four doctorates, and eight credential programs.

Amy said the library chose Tipasa for a few reasons. “Cloud-based, to be the first and foremost one. Today, any cloud solution presents a lot of advantages compared to client-based, including that it makes troubleshooting and updates easy.

“The second reason is that Tipasa represents the future. The interface design is much more user friendly. The workflow design fits perfectly for our university. Our library is not a huge library system, so we don’t need complicated workflows or routing rules,” said Amy. “The third reason is that we can train student workers much more easily in the Tipasa environment.”

The library’s staff is using Tipasa integrations with Ex Libris Alma’s circulation system and RapidILL. About the circulation integration, Amy said, “We now have the capability to see our holdings information within Tipasa, which is just great.” She added, “We also took the opportunity to integrate Tipasa with our university authentication. With our previous system, our students had to set up an account, but now they don’t need a separate username and password.”

The Wilson Library interlibrary loan staff was part of a cohort of six libraries that went through the implementation process together. In regard to their Tipasa implementation, Amy said, “It was a great journey for us and full of happy surprises. I loved the cohort idea, the training, and our implementation manager, Violita, with her professionalism, knowledge, and her willingness to go above and beyond.”

Libraries in five countries—Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States—are currently using Tipasa, which was released in July 2017.

Learn more about Tipasa.